German Archaeological Institute Athens

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Building of the DAI in Athens, Fidiou 1 (designed by Ernst Ziller )

The German Archaeological Institute, Athens Department ( Greek Γερμανικό Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών , also DAI Athens for short ) is a foreign department of the German Archaeological Institute and one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece .


Restoration work on the Kerameikos 2012.

The Athens Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) was on March 17, 1872 decision of the German Reichstag founded as a second foreign department of the DAI and was the second archaeological institute in Athens after France with the already since 1846 française Ecole d'Athènes represented was. The opening took place in Athens on December 9, 1874, Johann Joachim Winckelmann's birthday . The late Classicist building at Phidiasstrasse 1 ( Fidiou 1 ), in which the DAI Athens has been based since 1888, was built by Heinrich Schliemann according to plans by Ernst Ziller and Wilhelm Dörpfeld . In 1899 it was acquired by the German Reich from Schliemann's heirs.

Secretaries and First Directors
Bust of Wilhelm Dörpfeld in the library of the department.

Reinhard Senff is currently the second director .


The task of the Athens Department is to support and carry out research on classical antiquity and archaeological research by German scientists. The department regularly accommodates German and foreign scholars, especially the travel grant recipients of the German Archaeological Institute . In addition, the Athens Department invites members or guests of the institute to give scientific lectures and organizes excursions to archaeological sites.

Institutions and research

Glance into the reading room of the library.
Glance into the positive collection of the photo library.

The Athens Department has one of the largest archaeological libraries in Greece with around 70,000 volumes. The focus of the collection is the archeology of Greece from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity . The book inventory is almost completely accessible via the online catalog ZENON of the DAI libraries.

The photo collection, which was established and systematically expanded soon after the institute was founded in the 19th century, now comprises 140,000 photos from its own negatives, including around 60,000 old glass negatives. In addition, the collection has 50,000 photos without negatives of its own.

In addition, the department maintains a general archive on its history, which above all includes numerous correspondence between important archaeologists and ancient scholars. The institute also owns the archives of the excavations it has carried out.

Current research projects are devoted to the sanctuary of Kalapodi , the Kerameikos in Athens, the ancient Olympia , in which systematic excavations have taken place under German supervision since 1874, the Heraion of Samos , the Mycenaean Tiryns and the topography of Triphylia in the Peloponnese . Research in the Kabirion near Thebes and in Orchomenos has meanwhile been completed. Employees of the Athens department are also involved in investigations in Osrhoene and Miletus in Turkey .


The Athens Department has published the annual journal Mitteilungen of the German Archaeological Institute, Athenian Department , since 1876 . Supplements to this magazine appear at irregular intervals . In addition, monographs are published.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ ZENON catalog of the Athens department
  2. Link collection of the volumes on Wikisource .


  • Ulf Jantzen : One Hundred Years of Athens Institute, 1874-1974 , The German Archaeological Institute. History and documents , Zabern, Mainz 1986. ISBN 3-8053-0844-2 .
  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 74–85.

Web links

Commons : German Archaeological Institute Athens  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 37 ° 58 ′ 56.9 ″  N , 23 ° 43 ′ 55.6 ″  E